Equipment Reviews
Olympus OM-D E-M1
The new Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the follower of the first OM-D, the proper and full name having been the “OM-D E-M5.” The E-M1 incorporates many of the E-M5 advantages, the famous five-axis image stabilizer being one of them. This image stabilizer is based on sensor-shift technology and allows the user to shoot a stabilized image with every lens system mounted to the camera.
Fujifilm X-M1
The Fujifilm X-M1 is an extremely compact system camera that uses Fujifilm’s 16MP X-Trans CMOS sensor. The camera offers very high image quality due to its special RGB filter array which differs from the standard Bayer RGB pattern. The pattern on the APS-C-sized X-Trans sensor resembles the random pattern of grain of analog film and reduces image noise. The interpretation of this RGB pattern isn’t very easy, but the most current versions of Adobe’s Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in and Adobe’s Lightroom are able to convert this pattern correctly.
Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 DC HSM Lens
Sigma’s 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM is part of their DC series of lenses designed for APS-C-sized sensors so the imaging circle is matched to the size of the sensor. For this assignment, I used a Canon EOS 60D with a 22.3x14.9mm sensor, producing an equivalent angle of view of a 28-56mm lens. Shooters of Nikon, Pentax, Sigma, and Sony cameras, the other mounts for which the lens is available, will achieve an angle of view equivalent to 27-52mm. Unlike other lens manufacturers, Sigma priced the different mounts the same ($799) so don’t feel you’re going to be paying a premium for your camera choice. Bucking a trend with camera manufacturers’ lenses, the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM includes a lens hood at no extra charge.
Elinchrom D-Lite RX ONE To Go Kit
First impressions: the D-Lite RX ONE To Go Kit includes a pair of Elinchrom monolights so you know it’s going to contain quality products. Then you discover that the maximum output of each light is 100 watt seconds and you start to think you’ll need more power. That’s until you’re reminded that this fully loaded two-monolight Elinchrom kit sells for less than $700.
Techniques
Book Excerpt
A powerful portfolio involves so much more than just a strong grasp of the technical aspects of photography—it’s a complex mix of style, techniques, and intriguing ideas.
Business Trends
While it might seem that much of this is peripheral to your honed photo skills, you won’t be working weekends unless you can book the job.
Landscapes
As primarily a landscape photographer Iam often in a situation where I am struggling to give a feeling of scale to big dramatic views.
Personal Project
It is probably true that a photographer, through almost single-minded devotion to a place, can help make it known, understood, and appreciated.
News
Big Photo Show
Coming from as far away as Australia, many of the best, and best-known, photographers in the world will be in Los Angeles May 17-18.
Obscura ILFORD
The original kit continues to be available and comes complete with starter packs of black and white film and paper, together with a simple Exposure Calculator and Instruction Book.
Olympus SP-100
Olympus introduced a breakthrough in its Ultra Zoom camera line-up with the new STYLUS SP-100, the world’s first-ever camera with a built-in dot-sight.
iON Video Camera
The Air Pro 3 Wi-Fi is a wearable, high-definition video camera features compact size, light weight and fully-waterproof design.
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Features
Rosalind Smith Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

The atmosphere is heavy,
the photograph made under very soft light and foggy conditions. A copse
of trees on either side of the road disappears into the horizon and
the mood is one of haunting beauty and emptiness.
...

Lenses
Steve Bedell Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

Wedding photography has changed greatly in the last few years, and I expect that trend to continue. The flood gates burst back in the late '80s with a new, more photojournalistic approach to the "Satin Jungle." Gone were the cornball posed...

David B. Brooks Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

Epson has consistently led the way in popularity among photo-realistic ink jet printers, and is staying ahead with this new model Stylus Photo 750. The shape is the same as the original Stylus Photo, but now it's in charcoal and black. Under the...

David B. Brooks Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

Epson seems to have an uncanny sense for putting together product specifications that make their offerings ideal choices for the digital darkroom. The Epson Expression 800 is a prime example. Its combination of reasonably high optical resolution...

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

"Get on the bus, Gus"--Paul
Simon

Recently I've been
testing Apple Computer's hot new 400MHz Power Macintosh G3 computer.
With its...

Digital Help
David B. Brooks Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

This column will attempt
to provide solutions to problems readers may have in getting into and
using digital cameras, scanning, and using digital photographic images
with a computer and different kinds of software. Allq...

Features
Barry Tanenbaum Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

It's a long way to
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make plans, take the initiative. You don't just wake up one morning
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Business Trends
Maria Piscopo Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

Today's photographers
often find their greatest business challenge is keeping up with new
technology. How do you keep track of new digital equipment and software?
How do you know what is right for you?
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Lighting
Jay Abend Aug 01, 1999 0 comments

Flare is one of those nagging photography issues that you always think you have control over, till it bites you on an important shoot. Flare, more properly referred to as veiling glare, is the haze that covers all or part of your image when extraneous...

Business Trends
Maria Piscopo Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

There are many different ways to approach the design and production of promotional materials.

First you'll need "primary" promotional material. These visual pieces are used most often for sending ahead to get an...